Terry Pratchett has gone to meet Death

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, March 13th, 2015 - 48 comments
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“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

 

 


The announcement

 

 

48 comments on “Terry Pratchett has gone to meet Death”

  1. Tinfoilhat 2

    Rest in peace.

  2. Jono 3

    A bit teary on the loo, another touchstone lost. I don’t think I would be looking at the world through the same eyes if not for that first encounter with Rincewind and the luggage in the library in Form 3.

  3. halfcrown 4

    I have only read one book of Terry Pratchet, called “The Long Earth”.
    Was not at all impressed, thought it was crap but it was co written with Stephen Baxter
    Perhaps some of you good people who visit this site could recommend some of his books as I know he was very popular.

    Ta.

    • lprent 4.1

      Probably The Night Watch, Making Movies, or … hell just keep reading. I haven’t read any of the long world books yet.

      Damn that is a hell of a loss.

    • b waghorn 4.2

      Small gods was pure brilliance ,a sharp look at how religion works that’s fun to read. “Time is a drug, to much of it kills you”

      • Jono 4.2.1

        I second Small Gods, on the opiate of religion and war.

        • b waghorn 4.2.1.1

          Its the concept that a god is only as big and powerful as the number of followers he has that has stayed with me.

    • “The Long Earth” felt like the authors were just cashing in. I read it but lost interest and didn’t bother with the next one. Baxter and Pratchett by themselves are light years better than this.

      Pratchett’s “Good Omens” (written with Neil Gaiman) was a great collaboration, it’s an absolute classic piss-take of “The Omen” and the apocalyptic version of christianity

    • Draco T Bastard 4.4

      The one he is most famous for is the Disc World series of novels. The first, IIRC, is The Colour of Magick which I always considered a great read – it’s where you’re introduced to The Luggage.

    • Pasupial 4.5

      I started with; Equal Rites, but was a bit young for it; Pyramids, was the one that made me a true fan. If I had to recommend the best for a Discworld introduction, I would say; The Truth, which is well grounded in Pratchett’s own time in newspapers. Also it has the advantage of being almost a stand alone book, whereas most are part of wider character arcs:

      Death – (technically appears in every book, but these should be read in order) Mort, Reaper Man, Soul Music (introducing Susan), Hogfather (which there is a miniseries of), Thief of Time (which is also a semi-sequel to Small Gods).

      Witches – (again many crossovers, but mostly) Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad (maybe my favourite of these), Lords & Ladies, Maskerade, Carpe Jugulum. Plus the Tiffany Aching quadrilogy which is more for younger readers.

      There are also the; City Watch books, which can be a bit and miss for me. Though the Moist von Lipwig trilogy (Going Postal, Making Money, Raising Steam) can be viewed as an offshoot of this and are excellent.The Wizard books are where it all started, but also a bit patchy. The early ones really show that they’re from a time before Pratchett had fully developed his style.

      • A+ comment. I read most of the discworld series when I moved to CHC, didn’t know anybody, and frequented the public library every other day. Now I need to read the rest 🙂

        • Pasupial 4.5.1.1

          r:r

          Thanks, though I’ve been reconsidering over the past few days and think that; The Truth, might not be the best place to recommend new readers to start after all (as it does contain spoilers for; Men at Arms, and other Watch books). I’ve been working through a scheme of grouping the DiscWorld novels into 13 trilogies (with a couple of quadrilogies, even quintillogies once the new Tiffany book comes out), but don’t intend to bore people with that here.

          A fascinating resource has been created by Krzysztof Kietzman, and is available through the Lspace Web. Though it is slightly dated (only covering the first 37 novels, plus 6 short stories, and 3 of the 4 Science of Discworld books):

          http://www.au.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg

          The main point for this discussion of where to start reading DiscWorld is that 6 different starting points are recommended for each of the larger arcs: Colour of Magic, Equal Rites, Pyramids, Mort, Guards Guards, or Moving Pictures. I particularly like the way that; Pyramids, Small Gods & Thief of Time are grouped together as the; “Ancient Civilisations, trilogy”.

    • halfcrown 4.6

      Thank you all for your comments and opinions. It looks like I have just added another list to the extended bucket list of books I have got to read.
      Too many books and not enough years.

    • greywarshark 4.7

      @ halfcrown
      Why don’t you start on the Discworld series – The Colour of Magic is first and The Light Fantastic next, both deal with hapless wizard Rincewind who doesn’t know his own abilities and lives on the edge.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld#Novels
      Get to know the place and characters, and remember that much is adapted from ancient Greek and other old cultural themes and beliefs. And there is a theme in many – the start of rock and roll in Soul Music, Hollywood in one, the head-butting of different countries for a bit of unclaimed land, the strange ways of ivory-tower academics and so on. And always people trying to do their version of The Right Thing for the moment.

      • halfcrown 4.7.1

        Thanks for your suggestions grey, I will do that. I feel I have missed out not reading Terry Pratchett. I thought Pratchett was another Tolken/George Martin type of writer. it is obvious I was wrong. Will start reading as you suggested. That is, after I have finished reading “It’s not Rocket Science” by Ben Miller. I find this one very good but would not recommend it, as books to me are like music, an individual taste that does not suit everyone.

    • D'Esterre 4.8

      @ halfcrown: “I have only read one book of Terry Pratchet, called “The Long Earth”.
      Was not at all impressed, thought it was crap….”

      The “Long Earth” books postdate his diagnosis of Alzheimers. I haven’t read them, but somebody in this household has, and thinks that they aren’t Pratchett at his best.

      If you can find them, go back to the earliest publications; I think that “The Colour of Magic” was the first. They are hilariously funny: not to be missed. Although I think at first he was just poking gentle fun at fantasy novels, the books morphed into a series of social satires. They made me – and everyone else I know who read them – laugh uproariously. Pratchett had a wonderful knack for language and plot: small wonder his books sold so well.

      I do hope that you can track them down. I recommend that you read them in order of publication; I wish you as much pleasure in them as we’ve had over many years.

      RIP Sir Terry. Condolences to his family and friends. Thanks for all the laughter…

      • halfcrown 4.8.1

        “I do hope that you can track them down. I recommend that you read them in order of publication; I wish you as much pleasure in them as we’ve had over many years.”

        Once again Thank you, Yes these are all available on Kobo so I will be able to download to my reader

        • halfcrown 4.8.1.1

          “Yes these are all available on Kobo so I will be able to download to my reader”

          It also appears that Google Play has All of Pratchetts novels.

  4. Ovid 5

    My first was Reaper Man. It was 1994, I was 15. I spotted Paul Kidby’s cover art in the school library and was intrigued. I was lucky enough to go to a book signing the following year and he was a warm and personable man. I have no doubt his books have shaped my view of the world.

  5. Kaplan 6

    I absolutely love the discworld series.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Sir Terry about 10 years ago during a tour. He was just as engaging and witty in person as he was with his placement of words on a page.

    This is a sad loss to the world.

    RIP Sir Terry.

  6. Discworld shall live on. It is probably the best satire ever of Tolkien and modern culture. pratchettt’s characters are unforgettable: Cohen, Om, the Librarian, Rincewind, Granny Weatherwax, the Watch (esp Detritus), the Patrician, and of course Death.

    Required reading:
    * Carpe Jugulum
    * Lords and Ladies
    * Small Gods
    * Monstrous Regiment
    * Jingo
    (pertinent to current politics)
    * The Wee Free Men and its 3 sequels (more youth oriented, and utterly charming)
    Also, The colour of Magic was made into a TV special starring David Jason.

    Tony Robinson (Baldrick) spoke eloquently on Pratchett’s behalf about Alzheimer’s and Euthanasia.

    • D'Esterre 7.1

      @ ropata:rorschach: “Tony Robinson (Baldrick) spoke eloquently on Pratchett’s behalf about Alzheimer’s and Euthanasia.”

      Pratchett himself is reported as having said recently: “When my memories go, I hope they’ll take me with them.” Very neatly put. He might well have been speaking for all people with Alzheimers there.

    • My first read was Carpe Jugulum and I was hooked. When I heard Terry Pratchett had Alzheimer I could not read them any more. Now that death has taken him home to the house death build I think I am going to have to start reading the ones I missed out on. At least I know he is complete again albeit in another dimension. Discworld perhaps. I always had a sneaky suspicion he actually belonged with the Wizards in Ankh-Morpork

      • greywarshark 7.2.1

        He was drawn to a rather tall black hat and with the neat beard, looked like a very smart wizard.

  7. Rosie 8

    Awww, that is really sad news this morning.

    Mr R’s bookcase on his side of the bed, is chock a block full with every book Terry Pratchett has written. As long as I’ve known Mr R I’ve known Terry Pratchett vicariously. He is a great admirer of the writer and I know other fans have a huge respect for him. What a loss.

    Much love and respect to the family. Lovely that they could be with him till the end, and the cat too.

  8. It’s a very sad day. 🙁

  9. Paul Campbell 10

    “Oh there you are”

    IT’S ABOUT TIME

    “Well we’ll be off then”

  10. Ennui 11

    Kept my daughter entertained for hours. .Wonderful man.

    Can anybody illuminate me. Pratchett was pro euthanasia and had early onset Alzeimers. .did he decide time up or was death kindly?

      • greywarshark 11.1.1

        I’ll make the point while we are passing over the subject of dignified dying, which does not have to be euthanasia (the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.)

        The thing that is good about your own death decision, is knowing that you can choose when to die when you want without having the arrogant, authoritarian side of other humans punish you by forcing you to stay alive because of their wishes, and if family help you to die, then defame and proceed against your family. Of course using the choice option, you will explain to and include all your family to prevent deep hurt and sorrow to them. Once it is clearly stated and legal requirements met, that gives the opportunity to get on with life in a peaceful way to its most fulfilling end and to the last memorable moment.

        I hope that we can get enough intelligent and compassionate members of the public -mps, so that enough intelligent and compassionate members of parliament – MPs put through enabling legislation in the near future after intensive consultation with thoughtful and accepting and socially responsible citizens.

        • halfcrown 11.1.1.1

          I agree with you grey like 200%, I feel I should have the right to say “now is the time to turn the lights out” At the moment we are watching a very bright compassionate, and witty member of our family slowly sinking into the abyss with Alzeimers. I don’t want that to happen to me, or end up in a vegetated state through some accident. My wife says I not thinking of the people left behind. That is exactly who I am thinking of, I sooner them remember me as the arsole I am and all the fun they have had living with an arsole, than some deteriorating “thing” wearing nappies dribbling all day in a wheelchair who they feel obligated and must to go and see.
          I feel I should have the right whilst I am sane and able to put in writing by a deed of wishes or something what I want done if/when that time arrives.

          • greywarshark 11.1.1.1.1

            halfcrown
            You have put in a very lively and colourful way exactly what i think. And your wife’s reaction is covered by the way I said that family must be consulted with and have it explained. There could be a real pull not to do it if choosing to go before too many things go haywire, it would be really sad, but the person involved can then comfort the family better. When the person is dying there is often no communication, and to be alert can mean that the person is also in pain. The time with the dying one may then be a death watch and it is hard to know what to do to make it ameaningful and loving vigil.

            When there is more acceptance of planned dying it will be possible to have a wake. Properly planned to suit the departing person it would be enjoyable though poignant.

            These links relate to a retired Dutch doctor and euthanasia campaigner Dr Rob Jonquiere who spoke at various places in NZ. I went to hear him and found him a very rational, compassionate and law-abiding person not the type of person who scaremongers like to portray.
            http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/66864878/be-ready-to-talk-about-death-urges-doctor
            http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/336021/euthanasia-about-ending-suffering

            There are addresses for groups from google. One is Exit International (nothing to do with neo Nasty groups) and I get an internet newsletter from them. There are helpful plans to follow to ensure that you think about and understand it and fulfil all legal and moral and social requirements that should be attended to.

            • halfcrown 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks for that grey. Once again can’t argue with your comments, I think we are both on the same wavelength. I will look up those sites you have suggested
              Cheers halfcrown

  11. Sanctuary 12

    “The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

    Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

    But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

    This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

  12. Ennui 13

    Thanks Ovid
    Great to hear that he didn’t have to decide.

  13. Wonderpup 14

    As a Librarian, all I can say is, ‘Ook’.

  14. greywarshark 15

    Ook, ook to that.

  15. Murray Rawshark 16

    RIP Tusitala. Thanks for the stories.

  16. Pasupial 17

    ‘Put it behind us and move on’ is a political term used meaning, “I’ve done something I ought to be thoroughly ashamed of, if not actually prosecuted with the full force of the law, so I wish to push the issue away before people start looking too hard.”

    http://loki.ovh.org/T%20Pratchett%20-%20A%20Collegiate%20Casting-Out%20Of%20Devilish%20Devices.htm

    I thought I’d read all there was to read of Discworld (barring the; calenders, diaries and other ephemera), but there’s still the occasional gem to be found. The above is a footnote from a short story that wasn’t in; Once More with Footnotes. But is available online, and also apparently in; A Blink of the Screen, the more recent compilation of Pratchett’s short fiction.

    Also apparently there is one more Tiffany Aching book; The Shepherd’s Crown, due out September this year!

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    1 week ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    1 week ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

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